A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck western Nepal early Wednesday morning local time, killing at least five people, local authorities said.
The earthquake’s epicenter was located in the Seti area, at a depth of 15.7 kilometers (9.7 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). It was 21 kilometers east of Dipayal, a township in Nepal’s far western Doti district, the USGS said.
At least five people have been killed and five injured in Purbichauki rural township of Doti district, Bhola Bhatta, the deputy superintendent of police in Nepal’s Doti district, told CNN.
One person is missing and three hours were completely destroyed by the earthquake, he said, adding that a search and rescue operation was underway.
Social media users reported feeling tremors as far away as Delhi.
Authorities do not expect a large number of casualties as the epicenter of the quakes appeared to be in the sparsely populated area around Khaptad National Park, Bhatta said.
In 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and flattening homes and buildings.
The landlocked country is where the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, creating the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau, and making Nepal vulnerable to earthquakes.